Looking for help but don’t know who to call? Here is a list of local, state and national resources available to assist with everything from meals to help for small businesses.

If you know of a local community resource providing assistance due to the COVID virus, email lmurphy@neoshodailynews.com

LOCAL

MEALS:

HOPE KITCHEN: Hope Kitchen of Neosho will provide dinner service as take out only from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday. Volunteers are taking all precautions and working hard to make sure no one goes hungry during the time Hope Kitchen is located at 219 East Main Street, a block off the Neosho Square. Hope Kitchen is a Christ inspired, community effort to feed the hungry and meals are served without charge.

AREA SENIOR CENTERS: Due to an overabundance of caution surrounding the Coronavirus, senior centers located in Noel, Neosho, Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction, Carthage and Lamar will be closing from March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020. They will reopen on March 30, 2020. Homebound clients receiving meals from the senior centers will continue to have their meals delivered to their residence and will not experience an interruption in meal delivery. Any senior who normally attends the senior center for lunch has the option of receiving a meal; however the senior must contact the center for information on that process. The Neosho center is located at 1017 Carl Sweeney Parkway, phone 417-451-8050.

NEOSHO SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Neosho School District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to students Monday-Friday at two locations. The NSD Student Meal Form is still open. If you are interested in receiving daily breakfast and lunch for your students free of charge, please complete the form. The completion of this form will be used to aid in planning for meal preparation. Students can pick up meals between the hours of 11am -12:30pm in the lobbies of Neosho High School and Goodman Elementary. Lunch, and breakfast for the following day, will be provided. All NSD students 18 years old or younger are welcome to participate regardless of your meal eligibility.

Student Meal Form https://forms.gle/CtLCXhjwnsJdzCFB7

UTILITIES:

Water bill: In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and to encourage good hygiene practices recommended by the CDC, The City of Neosho has suspended municipal water disconnects for the month of March.    

Additionally,  The City of Neosho has arranged to immediately waive all processing fees for Online payments to the City such as Water/Sewer/Trash, and Permit Fees. This measure is taken to limit the need for in-person payments at Neosho City Hall due to the current public health emergency.  These fees will not be retroactively waived and will be re instituted at some point in the future. The public will be advised in advance of any changes to this procedure.

The City of Neosho encourages everyone who can utilize online payments to do so, however if on site payments must be made, please use the exterior drop box located near the entrance to the City Water Department Collections Office.   Envelopes will be provided for the convenience of the public.   For more information or if you have questions contact The City of Neosho Water Collections Department at 417-451-8060. 

Electric - Both Liberty Utilities and New-Mac Electric have announced there will be no- shut-offs at the present time.

WIFI

Neosho-Newton County Library - although the library is currently closed, library patrons ae invited to utilize free WIFI in the library's parking lot.

Sudden Link: As part of the nationwide effort to keep students and families connected during the COVID-19/Coronavirus, Suddenlink will be extending free Altice Advantage Internet offering to any student in our service area who do not currently have internet connectivity.  Attached, you will find extensive information related to the offer, including qualifications, terms and how to apply for the services.

Link with more information: https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

STATE & NATIONAL RESOURCES

Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1-877-435-8411

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe: 573-751-4727, www.ltgov.mo.gov

Email: ltgovinfo@ltgov.mo.gov

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-392-9222, www.ago.mo.gov/about-us/contact-us

Department of Health and Senior Services Phone: 573.751.6400 Website: https://health.mo.gov/ Email: info@health.mo.gov

Missouri Veterans Commission Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or 573-751-3779, www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/index.php

Email: movets@mvc.dps.mo.gov

United Way: 1-800-427-4626 (food, household bills, essential services)

Missouri Department of Labor: For businesses with temporary layoffs. Employers are asked to register on-line if you have not already. https://labor.mo.gov/

Resources concerning COVID-19 and your business https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/communities.php

This is also a great tool for setting up a contingency plan for you and your employees https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Small Business Emergency Disaster is available for businesses that do not have a traditional lender. If you do have a traditional lender, please contact them to discuss your concerns.

Encourage conference calls vs. traditional meetings. This is easy to set-up and free to use. https://www.freeconferencecall.com/ or https://zoom.us/

The SBA website is: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19#section-header-1